Soorim Arts Center [수림아트센터]

When I Was The Most Beautiful (2020); Encounter (2018-19); The Best Hit (2017)

Oh Ye-ji (Im Soo-hyang) partakes in the pottery exhibition ‘Seo Seong Gon, The Memory of Soil’ in episode 6 of When I Was The Most Beautiful/When I Was The Prettiest (내가 가장 예뻤을때) (MBC, 2020), {SPOILER} until her mother-in-law ruins everything.

Jung Woo-seok (Jang Seung-jo) drives to this art center in episode 4 of Encounter/Boyfriend (남자친구) (tvN, 2018-19) to persuade an artist to deliver a promised painting to Cha Soo-hyun (Song Hye-kyo) for the Sokcho hotel opening. Cha Soo-hyun later declines the painting while meeting the artist at one of the exhibition rooms.

This place appears as Star Punch Entertainment in The Best Hit (최고의 한방) (KBS2, 2017). Lee Ji-hoon (Kim Min-jae) and MC Drill (Dong Hyun-bae) are trainees here.

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Soorim Arts Center [수림아트센터], which was completed in 2016, is an art gallery and concert hall for which the former head office of the Korean Film Council was renovated by IARC Architects [아이아크]. The main challenge in revamping the building was that “[m]uch of the former structure was built underground; it did not have enough natural light and air.” The arts center houses also the Soorim Cultural Foundation [수림문화재단].

The center, which has been featured in many architecture magazines, is located in Seoul’s neighborhood of Cheongnyangri [Cheongnyangri-dong/청량리동], in the Dongdaemun District [Dongdaemun-gu/동대문구].

118 Hongneung-ro, Cheongnyangri-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 동대문구 홍릉로 118
(청량리동 206-46)
Geolocation: 37.590695, 127.042742

Getting here
Korea University Station [고려대역], Seoul Subway Line 6, Exit 3
(11 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL; last updated 16/05/2022
— Photos taken by © Florence, June & July 2018
Encounter added by GGRIP

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